Councillors insist poverty still needs to be addressed
Vancouver is top of the world again.
The Economist Intelligence Unit named Vancouver the world’s most livable city in its annual Quality of Living survey.
The accolade, which Vancouver has won for five consecutive years, was met with measured pride from Vancouverites.
Mayor Sam Sullivan said Vancouver is “a gold medal city.”
“Being recognized as No. 1 in the world means we have great citizens who are committed to their city,” he said.
Libby Davies, MP for Vancouver East and former city councillor, said “The question I have is livable for whom? For some people it is a fantastic place to be, but we’ve seen an increasing gap between poverty and wealth in Vancouver in particular.”
“Vancouver needs to be a socially just city, that can be the best place in the world for all people,” she added.
David Eby, a lawyer with PIVOT Legal Society, said Vancouver doesn’t deserve the honour until the problems of homeless and addiction in the Downtown Eastside are solved.
“Vancouver is turning into a city only for the rich, and that’s not livable,” he added.